Chronic asthma is a disease of the airways in which the respiratory systems are affected by inflammation and build up of mucus in the airways.
The inflammation is caused by the muscles around the airways, which contracts when the lungs are affected by irritants, such as allergens or climate change.
This contraction of the muscles is called bronchospasms. Bronchospasms do not usually last for long and can be under control with the help of bronchodilators.
Bronchodilators are inhalers (medication) used to relax and stop the contraction of the airways, which makes it easy to breathe. This form of medication cannot be bought from your local pharmacist or chemist; it can only be prescribed to you by your doctor.
Chronic asthma usually includes a constant cough, shortness of breath and wheezing. This can last for hours, days or even weeks. If this condition is not kept under control, it can lead to an attack, where most of the time medical emergency is needed at that point.
If you feel your condition does not get any better, do not wait till the last moment to call the emergency room.
I have learned from this mistake, when once I was having an attack and I thought I could handle the situation alone, and found myself in a life threatening situation and completely helpless.
Medical experts say that the reason for persistence of symptoms is because of the food we eat. Thus, if symptoms like breathlessness start to appear, we should cut down on dairy products, especially milk.
Eight per cent of milk protein is casein, which is a form of glue. When your body takes this in, it produces histamines, which then forms mucus. I am not saying that you cannot have dairy products if you are asthmatic, but to help eliminate any further build up of mucus, it would be wise to cut down on them if you are suffering with any symptoms.
Other food diets might cause you to develop breathing difficulties, so be careful and look out for them.